Thursday, January 14, 2016

Plein Air Paintings

Over the past several years, I have enjoyed plein air painting with several artist friends, and we have organized ourselves into a group named PleinAirSouth.  We have painted many locales in the Mobile Bay area, including but not limited to the Mobile Causeway area, Dog River area, Mobile Botanical Gardens, Bayou La Batre, Dauphin Island, and downtown Mobile.  Our group has also traveled to Apalachicola, Florida for the Forgotten Coast Plein Air Paint Out for the past three years.  This past August, we were able to show some of our work at the Mobile Arts Council.  Below are some photos showing my artwork in the PleinAirSouth exhibit last August, some of my other recent plein air paintings, and a few photos of myself enjoying painting outside.

My artwork included in the August 2015 PleinAirSouth exhibit at Mobile
Arts Council.  These include a close-up of lotuses at the Japanese Gardens;
a shrimp boat at the Beachcomber Marina on Dog River; Merlin's Barn at
Deer Park farm near Citronelle; and an old cottage along Dog River.        

"Grassy Meadow in the Pines" - painted in the Long Leaf Pine
Preserve at Mobile Botanical Gardens, during the Long Leaf
Conference in October 2014.                                                   

Painting in the Long Leaf Pine Preserve at Mobile Botanical Gardens.              

Shrimp Boats in Scipio Creek Marina, Apalachicola, Florida.                          

Windy Day on St. Joe Bay, Port St. Joe, Florida; during the Forgotten Coast
Plein Air Paint Out.                                                                                        

Painting Old Cottage on Dog River.                                  

Painting Merlin's Barn at the farm near Deer Park, Alabama.                       

Painting boats at Beachcomber Marina on Dog River.       

Fort Gaines on east end of Dauphin Island.                                                    

Painting the Fort on the east end of Dauphin Island.         

Divine Managerie Exhibition - Reception on Friday, December 11, 2015

I thought I would post a few photos from the opening reception for my first solo exhibition:  Divine Managerie.  The reception was held during the December LoDa ArtWalk.  There were lots of Christmas Elves wandering through, as well as many of my dear friends and art lovers from the Mobile community.

Me with some of my Bovines and a couple of Equines.

My friend Kathy with her grand-daughter, Lizzie - a young art appreciator.

Me with my friend, Suzie Rouillier.  This portrait of the Baldwin County
Brahmans is based on a beautiful photograph Suzie shared with me.       

My artist friends Conroy and Kathy.
Me and my friend Connie.

Gail and me.

Satomi was so sweet to come see the show and brought me a rose!
Jeff contemplating the Brahmans.
I enjoyed discussing my art with these enthusiastic art students f rom the
University of South Alabama.  Future artists to look out for!                   
Roxann, Gail and Bill, and me.